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Conflcting Accounts of the Impact of Occupy Oakland on Downtown Businesses

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Occupy Oakland, OWS, government, freedoms )

- 2534 days ago -
The business community complains that Occupy Oakland hurts downtown businesses. This article gives an assessment of that claim.


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William K (308)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 12:31 pm
Only 37% of people polled indicate that the Occupy Oakland encampment makes them less likely to visit downtown.

There are businesses near the encampment reporting an increase in income.

People that have been staying away from downtown are more worried about police violence than the protest.

Businesses further from the protest complain of a loss of service due to resources, including police, being diverted downtown.

"As Occupy Oakland enters its fifth week, the encampment's impact on neighborhood businesses appears to consist largely of reduced sales - and a few increased sales - in the immediate vicinity, according to local merchants. But city leaders worry that something larger is at stake: Oakland's image as a place to shop, eat out or run a business."

Terry King (113)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 2:08 pm
I had dinner three blocks from there Saturday night!

Joe R (190)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 2:41 pm
Interesting - thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 4:49 pm
This is fall out. This is war War does get annoying.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 5:57 pm
I would hazard a guess that those complaining are most likely of the right wing persuasion. They probably get their info from Rush.

Lydia S (155)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 6:45 pm
Thanks William , I would think the protesters would bring in some revenue to area businesses as they must eat ect.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 13, 2011, 11:33 pm
Let the inconvenienced businesses hire those guys.

Men and women this determined and courageous would make wonder full employees.

KS Goh (0)
Monday November 14, 2011, 4:26 am
Thanks for the article.

Carlene V (202)
Monday November 14, 2011, 5:18 am
Thanks Willliam, still conflicting reports coming in and right now (Monday 5:20 a.m.) area is surrounded by OPD.

. (0)
Monday November 14, 2011, 7:14 am
Guess the complaining small businesses are just making up a story. And, why should they care how their neighborhood looks.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Monday November 14, 2011, 8:20 am
The pizza shope pwner cut employee hours - yup, used Occupy as an excuse! If customers were lined around the block forhis pizza - WHY force an employee to take a vacation and cut the hours of others!!!

Robert O (12)
Monday November 14, 2011, 11:28 am
Thanks William.

Jane H (139)
Monday November 14, 2011, 1:26 pm
I'm sorry to hear that businesess may be sufferring

. (0)
Monday November 14, 2011, 5:36 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday November 14, 2011, 10:30 pm
Give them jobs!

Put a brake on all the money going over seas and take care of our own.

Charity should be a splash over, not taking the children's blood to the neighbors.

Whew! That's heavy!!!


Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 10:07 am
The mainstream media is a disinformation tool owned and operated by the wealthy 1% and their lackeys in our corrupt government. You can't trust the news to tell you the truth about OCCUPY or the repressive tactics that the goons are using to suppress the movement. Noted.

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P A (117)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 1:11 am
Most interesting - thanks William.
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